“Dog the Bounty Hunter”: Trouble in paradise?

So it looks like there are problems aplenty brewing in Dog’s house.

All in the family: Dog, from left, Beth, Duane Lee, Leland and Baby Lyssa./Photo credit A&E

The Dog, of course, I’m referring to is Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the A&E series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” I’ve stumbled across some stuff online recently that’s got me worried that there is major trouble in paradise.

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“Paranormal State”: They’re heeeeere! (in New Jersey, I mean)

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Ryan Buell will never forget the paranormal investigation that freaked him out the most.

Paranormal Research Society founder Ryan Buell and tech expert Sergey Poberezhny spoke last night at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ./Event photos by Ava Gacser

The star of A&E’s “Paranormal State” and the founder/director of Penn State University’s Paranormal Research Society said the case that most got to him involved a renovated townhouse in Pennsylvania. The home was once the site of drug-dealing, prostitution and other assorted unsavory activities, possibly including sacrifices. The current owner had purchased it for a song via foreclosure, and her adult son and his fiancée were living there.

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My very own “Dog” day afternoon

Duane “Dog” Chapman was all about the Garden State yesterday.

Yes, Dog's tan is really as dark as person as it is in this picture./All photos by Ava Gacser

In addition to appearing on Livingston native Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, “Chelsea Lately” (check out the video below), the star of A&E’s series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” – along with his wife, Beth – stopped by Clifton to meet fans and sign copies of his new book, “Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy Is Given.”

I didn't realize at the time I took this picture of the arrival that I also managed to *capture* the Dog. Yay!

As you can imagine, it was pandemonium from the moment the pair walked into Barnes & Noble with an A&E cameraman in tow. Fans – who comprised wide array of ages – were told from the get-go that the event would be taped for possible use on the show. (I can only hope footage from yesterday will be shown!)

The line of fans waiting – which I heard was estimated at 500 – moved very quickly. Fans were told Dog could not pose for photos or personalize books. However, I found him more accommodating when it was my turn.

Two women directly in front of me moved aside and suddenly I was front and center. A security guard told me to go up to Dog, who was waiting, pen poised. I walked up to him, said hello and it was nice meeting him and extended my hand. He shook it.

Then he said (and I’m paraphrasing because I can’t remember it exactly), “Wow, you must be important if you got to cut the line. What’s your name?”

I told him, and he personalized my book.

And that was it; after a four-hour wait, it was over in a matter of seconds. But I don’t regret a minute of it.

After taking a few more photos of Dog, I moved over to greet Beth, who was chatting with fans and posing for photos.

I asked her to take a photo with me and she pleasantly complied. When I thanked her, she said, “It was my pleasure.”

It’s always nice to discover that people you admire on television are just as pleasant in person.

Here are two more photos I took of Dog:

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“Paranormal Activity” has the power of suggestion on its side

After attending the midnight screening of “Paranormal Activity” last night, I came home and went to sleep with the lights on.

It’s not so much that I was freaked out by the film’s images as I was taken by its simple suggestion: That all sorts of frightening things can happen to us while we’re at our most vulnerable, asleep and completely unaware.

That’s not to say “Paranormal Activity” isn’t scary. It most certainly is. Unsettling, too. I have never found the mundane, everyday sight of a bedroom and hallway/staircase to be as utterly ominous as I did last night. I think the film’s stars, Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, did a great job – though I don’t understand why their characters bothered with that psychic. They should’ve just called Chip Coffey.

I’d heard the ending (which is definitely creepy) was revised from its original form. This article from MTV explains why director Oren Peli changed the ending and why. It contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so do not read it if you haven’t already seen the film.

Could Kate Jackson be a hoarder?

OK, so I’m completely obsessed with A&E’s new series “Hoarders.”

Is it possible that even celebrities can be hoarders?

Is it possible that even celebrities can be hoarders?

And after reading a summer issue of Star at the vet’s yesterday, I’m beginning to wonder if we will eventually see “Charlie’s Angels” star Kate Jackson on the show.

The magazine reports that a year after moving into the $2 million Santa Monica abode, Kate’s home has “deteriorated into a living hellhole filled with rat droppings, moldy food and heaps of debris.”

Ring a bell?

Star attributes its info to David Angelotti, a professional cleaner who claims Kate’s personal assistant hired him and others to help clean up the house – a feat which reportedly took two days. (All things considered, that’s a very quick turn-around, as “Hoarders” viewers can attest.)

“There is so much junk that we had to remove a bunch of stuff just to walk through it,” David tells Star. “It stank in there because there was so much garbage everywhere.”

David isn’t the only one talking. One of Kate’s anonymous neighbors has this to say: “Kate is very sweet, but there’s something a bit bizarre about her. She has so much clutter in her backyard, and the house is in shambles.”

David says that the home is in such bad shape (the Star article accompanied photos but they’re not included on the site) that 60-year-old Kate – who shares the home with her teenage son – asked if he and his crew would return again to help out.

“No one wanted to work there again,” he tells Star. “It was so depressing. She’s like a crazy recluse — it’s a real sad Hollywood story.”

“Hoarders” describes compulsive hoarding as “a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary.” The show states that there are over 3 million hoarders.

As far as I can tell, this news about Kate hasn’t been reported elsewhere, so it may or may not be true. But given the secrecy and embarrassment hoarders tend to have about their living situations, who knows for certain?

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